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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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Ratings: 2703
Reviews: 1157
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.33%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij Bosteels visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
3 grains - barley, wheat, oat. Styrian hops.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 04-27-2001)
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ChuckMartel

South Carolina

4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had it from a growler and paired it with chicken, rice and squash. This is good. A good ballgame watching beer. As much as it pains me to say it, this is a better beer than La Fin du Monde. This is good stuff. This is what a triipel should be. Would certainly drink again.

Serving type: growler

12-05-2011 01:25:37 | More by ChuckMartel
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I served this in a goblet. It was like crystal clear liquid gold with a beautiful white frothy head. The nose offered apples, champagne, fresh bread, and lemon.

There's a lot going on here flavor-wise. Initially, it tastes like a wheat beer - crisp and dry. Then the flavors develop and it becomes sweet and creamy with a nice tart, fruityness underneath. Starting about mid-palate, a faint champagne-like dryness starts to impede and carries you to the finish. This is a really good beer, but the sweetness would make it difficult for me to drink more than one.

Serving type: growler

10-22-2011 12:43:07 | More by deadonhisfeet
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zeledonia

Minnesota

4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Trying this for the first time. Tasted 9 April 2014.

Pours a gorgeous hazy golden yellow. One finger of dense creamy white head, looking more like milk than foam. Great retention, awesome lacing, and a dense column of bubbles streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

Smell is bright and alive. Lovely yeasty esters with fruit (banana) and gentle spice, plus some residual sweetness in the back. Yum.

Taste has both the sweet, flavorful side and the clean, crisp side. Outstanding. Warm and fruity, a bit of sugar, a faint hint of spice, and only the tiniest touch of bitterness. Balanced, varied, and delicious. Not even a sniff of alcohol.

Feel is fabulous as well. Smooth and fairly light, with a fuzzy carbonation that spreads throughout. Keeps the flavors buzzing around.

One of the best tripels I've had, for sure. Excellent across the board. Great depth, varied flavors, and a delicate balance. Wow.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 03:56:59 | More by zeledonia
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Premo88

Texas

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

25.9 oz. bomber poured into tulip
(13-06-15 printed on bottom; June 13, 2015 expiration date)

L: now THAT's a head! this thing was foaming up almost through the top of the bottle as soon as I opened it ... massive head, almost the entire glass, white foam that's thick and sticky; brew is bright yellow-orange, maybe a pale gold ... a bit hazy, not 100% clear, but it's mostly clear. no red in it at all.

S: sour grapes, some banana, a little sweetness ... white wine

T: loads of sweetness, fruity like a dubbel, but there's an immediate difference: HOPS! not a ton or any kind of crazy hop-bite, but there is clearly a grassy/citrusy note that must be hops ... surely that isn't all yeast. holy crap is this good -- it's like a lemony dubbel; the fruit here is a mix of pear, apple, strawberries -- very sweet and light; candy orange with a lemon twist

F: if this isn't perfect, there's no such thing ... totally Belgian with a full-on blast of carbonation

O: better than I imagined, and I imagined it would be good ... a fantastic mix of sweet and tart notes with nothing overcoming anything else ... there's citrus notes, there's sweet fruit, there's even that pinch of grassiness -- more the flavor of hops than bitterness. a fantastic brew, so good I plan on revisiting this one often this summer (it seems perfect for hotter weather)

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 17:34:49 | More by Premo88
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JTuomi

Finland

4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle poured into a goblet.

Golden straw color with a big white head that eventually settled down to a thin spotty layer. Beautiful looking lively carbonation.

Smelled of orange, lemon, grass and some yeast with vanilla.

At first a mildly sweet peppery taste that is followed by a slightly bitter and dry lemony aftertaste with some apple and vanilla. The alcohol gives some warmth but doesn't taste through.

Pretty high carbonation and a medium light body. Really enjoyable beer. Would be excellent on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 20:37:53 | More by JTuomi
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Goalcam

California

4.76/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

By far one of the best beers that is mass produced. I have found variance though from small bottles vs. big bottles, particularly when drinking it in the EU. The fresher it is the more spice and flavor it has. This is a very refined beer. It goes down smooth with no weird tastes. You can never go wrong with this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 00:02:04 | More by Goalcam
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GONZALOYANNA

Spain

4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle. Tripel Karmeliet large Tulip glass. Bright gold color & clear appearance. White foam, very close & lasting crown. Belgian yeast, sugar, intense herbal, pale cereal, subtle phenolic & cane sugar aromas as well as citric, vanilla & estery hints. Sweet malty & sparkling upfront rounded by spicy touch & gentle fruity bitterness. Medium to full body. Moderate but lively carbonation. Velvet palate, voluptuous & dense with spiced notes. ABV is felt as a kind & sugary heat. Crisp herbal & bready freshness in the middle. Long sweet finish lingers in a fruity aftertaste – peach & apricot- with vanilla touches. Refreshing & delightful!!

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 11:00:47 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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DemoniChris

Nebraska

4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Review #300! I figured this was a worthy beer for the occasion.
Poured from a bottle into a mini-snifter and a flute glass.

A - Extremely appealing light yellow-green hue with a ton of carbonation. Head retention is poor, but that doesn't take away from how awesome this beer looks!

S - lemon zest, pepper, orange, peach, banana and bread notes. Very complex and quite inviting.

T - Better than the aroma, but stays quite true to how the smell is. Lemon zest, pepper, peaches, orange peel and biscuit qualities are all coming through to me. WHERE IS THE ALCOHOL?! Because I don't get a hint of it whatsoever. Very refreshing and drinkable.

M - Very light feel for me. Extremely carbonated, works for the style most certainly.

O - This is one of the best tripels I've tried, and I'd easily put it on par with La Fin Du Monde. As for which one of these is superior, I don't know of I could give you an answer. A bit steep at $14 per 750ml or $6 per 12oz bottle, but I feel like this was worth the money. With La Fin being so much cheaper, I don't know if I'll try this again any time soon, but it's definitely at the top of its game for the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 02:42:21 | More by DemoniChris
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jtierney89

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazingly crystal clear super light blonde color with lots of visible effervescence with a craggy and huge bright white head. Dry biscuit on the nose with dry fruits, melons and apples, touch of bananas with faint herbal spicy hop aroma.

Light bodied with champagne like effervescence. Surprisingly mild in flavor which is awesome, light toasty graininess, dry biscuits, sweet fruitiness along the mid-palate with an extremely dry and clean finish with an earthy herbal hop flavor. Extremely subtle with delicate flavors that layer beautifully. Light refreshingly and full of immense subtle character that is in perfect balance.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 03:02:18 | More by jtierney89
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SLeffler27

New York

4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A big, billowing, white meringue lasts an eternity. The almost clear straw gold beer explodes with tiny carbonation. Ample lacing coats the interior walls of a Tripel Karmeliet tulip glass.

Light funkiness, similar to dried hay, is followed by succulent kiwi and honeydew. This beer warms to reveal highly floral qualities and adds spicing of white pepper and coriander. Late in the session, peach skin is revealed.

Fresh apples mixed with myriad spices. Sourdough adds to a fine balance between sweetness and sourness. A subtle, yet lingering finish brings out a hint of bitterness. Warmth blossoms spices and bready flavors.

The alcohol is completely concealed. Exuberant carbonation thins this beer to a medium body. The texture is that of cotton.

Tripel Karmeliet would make a fantastic pairing with boisterous conversation and hors d ’oeuvres, or a flavorful meal.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 20:05:46 | More by SLeffler27
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SmashPants

Australia

4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: a light brown 330mL brown bottle with a very busy yet stylish old-school Belgian label depicting the wheat fields.

Appearance: pours a honey amber colour with fine carbonation. A big white head bursts up and settles to a creamy white finger, leaving thick lacing as it dropped. Looks awesome!

Aroma: smells of spice, pepper, wheat and orchard fruits. Quite complex and refreshing.

Taste: again the complexity of flavours come through nicely with some heavier brandy and heavy fruits.

Aftertaste: flows through to the finish, lingering for a time. Pretty easy drinking yet nice as a slow sipper.

Mouth feel: a moderate- to- fuller body, with the sharp carbonation avoiding it being too syrupy.

Overall: a good quality Belgian Tripel - nice complexity of wheat, Belgian yeasts, orchard fruits, spice and some heavier ABV notes. Well worth the price.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 00:50:52 | More by SmashPants
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cswhitehorse

Oregon

4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Opened this birthday present that had been sitting in my garage fridge for 2 years. It poured a light burnt orange into the Duvel tulip glass. It had a good 3-4 finger head with tight bubble pattern.

The smell was spicy and of citrusy fruits. Was getting primarily orange in the back of the nostrils.

Taste was sweeter than I remembered for Tripels but good. Got a little bit of a banana on the tongue. It also seemed to have a very light caramel tinge to it. In the mouth the left a tingle at the back of the throat. Overall a delicious beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 15:38:56 | More by cswhitehorse
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DJLehnherr

France

4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A clear golden hue with a perfectly white foamy head. A lot of citrus-scents here, almost an orange "Fruit Loops" scent. Some yeastiness, but it's dominated by the citrus scents.

A lot of the citrus flavor comes through on the first taste. Little hoppiness. I feel like the taste doesn't long linger.

A very easy to drink 8.4% ABV triple beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 10:39:21 | More by DJLehnherr
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Pero1974

United Kingdom (England)

3.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Was a bit disappointed. This is supposed to be one of the best tripels in the world, but I've had many beers that were much better. It is a good, decent beer, but not outstanding. I miss some spices in the aroma, the flavor is good, full but a bit flat. By no means a bad beer, but I just expected so much more of it.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 14:18:19 | More by Pero1974
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djura

Serbia

4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Light yellow color with medium carbonation. Huge white head. Nice.
S-Most beautiful aroma of flower from yeast i guess,fruits,so fresh and good.
T/M-So nice! You could feel lots of spices,fruits,flower aroma. Can`t say what is better.
Minus is maybe to high carbonation,but that is typical for bottle conditioned beers.
O- One of the best aromatic beers i ever had!

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 16:20:07 | More by djura
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fourstringer

Maryland

4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 mL cork & caged bottle into a Duvel tulip. Gentle hand. Dated 23-05-15 on the base. Had many times, never reviewed.

A: Golden, apple-juice yellow with good clarity. 3 fingers of sudsy, white head that fades quickly to a thin coat. Very light lacing.

S: Belgian yeast with fruit notes featured strongly - mango, peach, pear. Light grass, straw. Light indistinct spice.

T: Yeast-fueled fruit and spice kick things off with a gradual transition to a very mild hop bitterness. Semi-dry finish with strong fruit lingering in the aftertaste. Alcohol is fairly present for 8.4% ABV. Some vanilla.

M: High carbonation with a moderate body. No prickliness. A surge of effervescence fills the mouth with flavor. Really superb feel.

O: Excellent, if not a bit boozy, tripel. Great fruit notes and superb mouthfeel. This is one I keep coming back to.

Prost!

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 03:25:46 | More by fourstringer
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Ozzylizard

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle code C-03-CABF 3.38 03:01 at 45 degrees into own glass
Aroma fruity, somewhat like apples or pears
Head large (6 cm), off-white, creamy with occasional large bubble, slowly diminishing
Lacing OK, basically separate clots
Body straw colored with slight yeast haze with some rising bubbles but not enough to be considered sparkling
Flavor slightly sweet, no hint of roasted malts. Well attenuated. Slightly spicey with a late slight alcohol burn.
Body light to medium, watery, lively carbonation

While not a big fan of triples, this one is pretty good. The subdued alcohol taste makes it easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 13:02:19 | More by Ozzylizard
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brunomorenodebrito

Brazil

4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden, white head with good formation and retention. In the nose fruity, spicy and orange, maltiness in second plan with earthiness os yeast. In the taste nice balance, maltiness, orange and yeast fruitness really in equilibirum. Really great belgian tripel, one of my favorites

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 23:36:57 | More by brunomorenodebrito
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cjgiant

District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My impression of this beer with a quick taste before analyzing was that it was a classic, nicely balanced, smooth Belgian beer. It's always hard to review a beer that doesn't wow you, but impressed you with its simplicity, so...

The beer pours yellow, translucent to hazy, and you can see the carbonation that feed the substantial head. I don't get a strong nose, but there's some banana and maybe a slight hint of lemon.

The taste starts out a little yeasty and definitely carbonated. This carbonation holds as the taste adds a little tartness. A bit of banana sneaks in as well. The starting taste, however, remains as the backbone throughout. The rest of the tastes simply accent the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 18:47:49 | More by cjgiant
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a0lbudman

Alabama

4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A-hazy gold color with a large white head that did not go away and left a large lace
S-spicy pepper, wheat and some lemon
T-Banana with spice and a hint of pepper and lemon, that goes to a spicy lemon aftertaste with a warming as the glass warmed
M- creamy and high carbonation that seems to be light body but once the creamyness goes down maybe medium body
O-Very complex with lots going on at the same time. Everytime I took a sip I had to add a note.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 02:02:12 | More by a0lbudman
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Kuaff

Alaska

4.76/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Tripel Karmeliet... I chose to drink out of a snifter at cellar temperature. I like the sort of medieval, rustic-looking label. Heh.

The three-finger head on this beauty doesn't last particularly long, but at first when I was pouring, let me tell you, it was an unstoppable fizzy force. Color-wise, the head is pure white and the beer is a vibrant liquid gold.

The aroma is like a fragrant perfume. It's floral - like, actually VERY similar to flowers, and has a delightful mix of fruity scents interwoven throughout the bouquet (wow, sounding snobbish, here). I definitely get some citrus, but also probably green apples, mango, and maybe even pineapple! And of course, this being a Belgian beer, their is also a bready note underneath everything. An amazing aroma.

Oh my. I wasn't quite prepared for such a flavor. I mean... WOWSA. Tart (but not too tart) apple and citrus fruitiness balanced with an abundance of profoundly sweet (but not too sweet), malty breadiness. It's got a satisfying, lingering finish with the bready taste, accompanied by slightly bitter hoppiness as the fruitiness sort of dries up. Sensational.

The feel is perfection. This is an effervescent ale, but when it hits my tongue and I'm prepared for the bite of high carbonation, it instead just kind of melts in my mouth. Yup. It's not just food that can do that. This tripel does it too. How can a liquid "melt?" I don't know.

A marvelous beer, brewed with authentic, traditional Belgian style. That's what this is.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 05:34:45 | More by Kuaff
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-hazy golden color with a nice off-white head and good lacing

S-yeast, malt, bananas, spices, pepper, hint of lemon

T-wheat, bananas, coriander, cloves, yeasty, little lemon, pepper, crisp bitter hop finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-I found this Tripel quite unique, it has a bit of saison-like character to it

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 00:44:19 | More by MDDMD
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STEELERFAN2390

Florida

4.94/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

THIS IS THE BEST TRIPEL MADE.

A-pours a creamy golden yellow ,with crazy bubbles streaming.

S-lemon -pepper , grains, breads,vanilla ,banana,some clove and spices.

T-has a hint of alcohol ,but this is where this beer impresses. at first its lemon zest grainy flavor is robust ,followed by a smooth ,crisp and refreshing dryness to finish like a champagne.
OUTSTANDING! ...very poundable.

M-the carbonation is great ,and really brings out the sweet/bitter dryness that is epic!

O-this is my favorite beer in this style. It is a little on the lighter side as far as look and taste and is very drinkable ..it has a uniqueness that supersedes anything it lacks in tradition.

purchased at total wine in naples,fl for 15.99$ for a 4-pk of 11.2 oz bottles.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 21:17:44 | More by STEELERFAN2390
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Brandegee

Michigan

4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tap pour into goblet at babo market in Ann Arbor.

A: Dark goldish yellow with typical tripel lacing
S: Sweet fruit, lots of banana and spice
T: The spice and sweet smells continue uninterrupted into the taste, which is surprisingly sharp and defined for a tripel. Banana, pepper, and wheat are the first flavors that spring to mind.
M: Strong carbonation with this tripel. Slightly syrupy finish that coats the mouth nicely and helps back up the "sugariness" of this beer that perhaps help explain the name.
O: I can't say it's my favorite tripel. There's a lot of good ones out there and this is to me lacks the depth of some of the other Belgians and even some American examples. But the crispness here, enhanced by healthy carbonation, is a pleasant surprise.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2013 21:03:52 | More by Brandegee
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reebtaerG

Maryland

4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into tulip glass
A-hazy golden color with a creamy white head
S-sweet banana, vanilla and citrus aroma
T-same as aroma but with spice wheat and oats
M-goo carbonation well balanced of bitterness spice and sweetness with the citrus
O-great tripel great wheat taste and light wonderful amounts of sweetness and spice,

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 03:47:02 | More by reebtaerG
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Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
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